Prof. Clay Shirky

Clay Shirky

Mr. Shirky divides his time between consulting, teaching, and writing on the social and economic effects of Internet technologies. His consulting practice is focused on the rise of decentralized technologies. Additionally, he is an adjunct professor in NYU’s graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program, where he teaches courses on the interrelated effects of social and technological network topology.
He has written extensively about the internet since 1996. Over the years, he has had regular columns in magazines like Business 2.0, and his writings have appeared i.a. in the New York Times. Mr. Shirky frequently speaks on emerging technologies at a variety of forums and organizations, including the Internet Society, the Department of Defense, the BBC, and several O’Reilly conferences on i.a. Open Source.
He was the original Professor of New Media at Hunter College, where he created the Media Studies department’s first undergraduate and graduate offerings in new media. Before there was a Web, he was VP of the NY chapter of the EFF, and wrote technology guides for Ziff-Davis, including a guide to the culture of the internet.

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